The 2022 Conference on Engaged Learning is organized by Julia Bleakney, Paula Rosinski, Jessie L. Moore, and Christina Wittstein. Questions for the conference team? Please email us at

Julia Bleakney

Director of The Writing Center in the Center for Writing Excellence, and Assistant Professor of English, Elon University

Headshot of keynote speaker, Julia Bleakney

Dr. Bleakney co-led the Center for Engaged Learning’s 2019-2021 research seminar on Writing Beyond the University. As Writing Center Director, Dr. Bleakney trains and supports undergraduate writing consultants; mentors student researchers; works with faculty, staff, and students across campus in support of student writing; and partners with Dr. Paula Rosinski, Director of Writing Across the University, to offer programs and events through the Center for Writing Excellence, Elon’s unified resource for integrating and supporting writing on campus. Dr. Bleakney’s research interests are focused on consultant education, student leadership, and mentorship of writing center professionals. Her recent publications include “Tutor Talk: Do Tutors Scaffold Students’ Revisions?” in Writing Center Journal (2019) coauthored with Sarah Pittock, “Understanding Resistance to Feedback in Two Tutor Education Courses” in Praxis: A Writing Center Journal (2019) coauthored with Mike Mattison and Jenn Ryan, and “Models of Ongoing Tutor Education: Results of a National Survey.” in What We Teach Writing Tutors: A WLN Digital Edited Collection (2019). She has made dozens of presentations at national and international conferences focused most recently on her empirical studies of students’ responses to writing center consultant feedback. Prior to Elon, she directed the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking at Stanford University and the Writing Center at Saddleback College. She previously served as an elected at-large representative of the International Writing Centers Association and co-chaired the IWCA’s Summer Institute for 2018 and 2019.

Paula Rosinski 

Director of Writing Across the University in the Center for Writing Excellence and Professor of English: Professional Writing & Rhetoric, Elon University

Paula Rosinski

Dr. Rosinski co-led the Center for Engaged Learning’s 2019-2021 research seminar on Writing Beyond the University. She led Elon’s Quality Enhancement Plan on Writing Excellence, which enhanced the teaching and learning of academic, professional, and co-curricular writing for students, faculty, and staff. Focusing on supporting faculty and staff as they identify, integrate, and assess writing outcomes in the majors, general education courses, and student life, she also has worked to build an infrastructure that encourages a culture of writing across the university by offering faculty/staff development programming and events, a Summer Writing Institute, Writing Boot Camps, interdisciplinary writing groups, and writing pedagogy and writing scholarship grants. Her recent research focuses on how cultures of writing are designed and grown across the university; the transfer of writing practices and experiences of students as they enter the workforce as alumni; the transfer of rhetorical knowledge and writing strategies between self-sponsored and academic texts; reframing rhetorical theories and practices in multimodal environments; and the technologically-mediated writing lives of students. Her recent publications include “Designing, Building, and Connecting Networks to Support Collaborative Empirical Writing Research” (Composition Studies, with Beth Brunk-Chavez, Stacey Pigg, Jessie L. Moore, Jeffrey Grabill, 2018), “Students’ Perceptions of the Transfer of Rhetorical Knowledge between Digital Self-Sponsored & Academic Writing: The Importance of Authentic Writing Contexts & Reflection” (Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer, 2016), and “Revisualizing Composition: How First-Year Writers Use Composing Technologies” (Computers and Composition, with Jessie L. Moore, Stacey Pigg, Jeffrey Grabill, Beth Brunk-Chavez, Paul G. Curran, et al.

Jessie L. Moore

Director of the Center for Engaged Learning and Professor of English: Professional Writing & Rhetoric, Elon University

Jessie leads planning, implementation, and assessment of the Center’s research seminars, which support multi-institutional inquiry on high-impact pedagogies and other focused engaged learning topics. Her recent research examines transfer of writing knowledge and practices, multi-institutional research and collaborative inquiry, writing residencies for faculty writers, the writing lives of university students, and high-impact pedagogies. She is the author of Key Practices for Fostering Engaged Learning: A Guide for Faculty and Staff (under contract with Stylus Publishing) and co-editor of Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer (with Chris Anson, The WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado, 2016), Understanding Writing Transfer: Implications for Transformative Student Learning in HigherEducation (with Randy Bass, Stylus, 2017), and Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research (with Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler and Paul Miller, CUR, 2018). Her work has appeared in Computers and CompositionComposition ForumComposition StudiesJournal of Faculty DevelopmentJournal on Centers for Teaching & LearningTESOL JournalWritten Communication, and in edited collections. In 2021, Jessie received Elon University’s Distinguished Scholar Award. With Peter Felten, she edits two book series: the Stylus Publishing/Center for Engaged Learning Series on Engaged Learning and Teaching and the Center for Engaged Learning Open Access Book Series.

Christina Wittstein

Christina Wittstein (336.278.5106 | is the Center for Engaged Learning’s Program Coordinator. She assists with logistics of the Center’s programs and events. In addition, she supports Elon University’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.